Tommie-Amber Pirie (Ollie in “A Skinner, Darkly“) stars as Renee in Pat Mills’ thriller THE RETREAT. Renee and Valerie (Sarah Allen) plan to get married. They spend a weekend at a remote cabin to sort out some relationship difficulties, but soon after arriving discover that they are being hunted by a group of militant serial killers. Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis), Patrick Garrow (Turin), and Gavin Fox (Gared) are also in the cast. Alyson Richards, who wrote the screenplay, told Tim Dams of Variety: “As a queer woman, I was getting really frustrated that in so many genre films, the queer female characters are often revealed to be the psychotic killer or are killed. I really wanted to write a script where the gay characters didn’t turn on each other but instead turned to each other to survive.” THE RETREAT completed filming in Ontario last winter. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →
Dayle McLeod (Jenny in “Vessel”) has written her first book, a memoir titled: “THE BIG DREAM: My Terrifyingly Beautiful Shamanic Initiation into the Arts”. After drinking the hallucinogen ayahuasca in Ojai, California on the winter solstice of 2014, McLeod found herself trapped in a dream realm. For forty days, she lived in a land of epic visions where she was initiated into the Illuminati and sent on a doomsday mission to collect the seven chakra jewels of the Earth. She was guided back to normalcy by a Native American Jungian psychologist, and that journey is what the book is mostly about. THE BIG DREAM is available in Paperback and Kindle formats.
McLeod appears briefly as Nathan’s friend Shyliegh in Episode 4.12 of KIM’S CONVENIENCE (titled “Knife Strife”) in which Umma (Jean Yoon) learns about a recent unsolved crime in the neighbourhood and believes she knows something about it, but doesn’t want to say how she knows, and Shannon (Nicole Power) hosts the Branch Managers Annual General Meeting. Season 4 of KIM’S CONVENIENCE can be streamed on CBC Gem in Canada, and on Netflix in the US. Continue reading →
Lina Roessler (Tania in “Shaft“) will direct BEST SELLERS, which will star Michael Caine as a sharp-witted, irascible writer of novels who hasn’t had a best seller in a while, enjoys scotch and cigars, and lives with an orange Tabby cat. He is persuaded by an ambitious young editor to go on one final book tour in an attempt to save a boutique publishing house. The screenplay (by Anthony Grieco) won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship award. BEST SELLERS will begin filming in Canada in mid-July.
And Roessler will be Adelina in TAINTED, a film about Lance (Alan Van Sprang), who once worked for the Obtshak (Finnish mafia). Recently released from prison, Lance is trying to stay out of trouble, but soon finds himself entangled with a neighbour whose son is being threatened by his old crime boss. Sara Waisglass (Quin in “Reckoning Ball“) is also in the cast. Written and directed by Brent Cote, TAINTED recently wrapped filming in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →